Vol. 7, No. 3 May 2000
Is your testing on the level?
Achievement level tests drive instruction to success
by Dave Montague
Focuses on how Washington Elementary School of Kennewick, WA, found
the tools to meet state education reform laws and changes from the
school board. Says that these changes included Essential Learning
Requirements (ELRs), and the board's 90 percent reading goal (i.e.,
all third graders should read at or above grade level). Relates that
steps toward academic change begun with the implementation of an
assessment tool that would provide the data needed to measure and
track student growth, mainly the Northwest Evaluation Association's
(NWEA) Achievement Level Test for reading. Gives other solutions
used such as linking test items to the new curriculum, solving the
challenge to reduce reading class size, and using flexibility and
teamwork. States that instead of relying solely on outside
influences, they can see for themselves if a program works.
Includes a table.
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